Ciclovía Greenfield showcases active lifestyles – Salinas Valley Tribune

GREENFIELD – Hundreds of community members had the opportunity to walk and walk freely along El Camino Real last month as part of the Greenfield Cycling Trail.

The June 26 event aimed to showcase cycling by having community organizations, music and family activities along Greenfield’s main street, from Elm Avenue to Apple Avenue.

A group of a dozen residents helped plan the event during the months leading up to the event, and more than two dozen volunteers helped organize it. More than 30 community organizations attended with booths for guests.

Vicente Lara, organizer of the Monterey County Department of Health, said this year’s celebration differed from last year’s Soledad event with a reduction in restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as last year was still a time of easing restrictions .

“The biggest impact for us was that we organized the whole Soledad event virtually, however through Zoom,” Lara said. “This time, most of the meetings were virtual, but we had more opportunities to meet with the residents in person.”

Lara said the attendance figures for the two years were difficult to calculate, as the nature of the Cyclovía was for people to come and go at any time, without a door or register. Some guests went up and down the main street by bike, while others were only able to look at a stall or two.

“We are very pleased to be participating in both events,” Lara said. “Last weekend in Greenfield, we saw a mix of people show up, which really reflected the participation of the whole community. One of the goals of the event is to attract the whole community to get involved with each other and learn about opportunities. active transport “.

Volunteers gather before the start of the Greenfield Trail, a community event designed to showcase the bike as a means of transportation and the idea of ​​environments built to serve the health of the community. (Yanely Martinez)

In addition to learning about cycling, the freedom of the event was another aspect to consider for residents. That freedom to experience their environment differently was a first step in introducing the concept of built environments, where places are built with infrastructure for a healthier life.

“How many times do you get to go out on your main street the way you can do during a bike path,” Lara said. “We can focus on individual behaviors, which we do through education, but also an important factor is your built environment. Does the environment in which you find yourself allow you not only to move in a car, but to walk and ride a bike?

Some steps to make that environment built, Lara pointed out, could include bike lanes and sidewalk improvements.

This year was the last in a series of South Monterey County Cyclovie events led by the Monterey County Open Streets initiative, in partnership with Building Healthy Communities in Salinas. The series of local events, which began in Gonzales, then King City, then Soledad and ended in Greenfield, were funded by the Caltrans grant.

Lara said Open Streets does not currently have funding for more Cyclovie events, as the original grants were used for several years of a pilot process to introduce communities to the idea of ​​Ciclovias.

“We have communicated to all cities in southern the county that, if they are interested, we are happy to help them, through technical assistance or by supporting them, to continue,” Lara said. “That’s the whole idea. We want the communities in the south of the county to take on these events and hold them.”

Lara said being able to work with residents in Greenfield and South County was an opportunity to develop leadership among residents.

“We want the residents to be the champions of this kind of work,” Lara said.

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